Midday with Dan Rodricks

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Midday is WYPR's daily public affairs program heard from noon-2pm, Monday-Friday.  Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, topics range from the latest news, to local and national politics, to social, medical and cultural trends, featuring the best new books and most engaging authors, newsmakers and guests.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 14, 1-2 p.m.
9:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Remembering James Meredith

The image of James Meredith getting shot while marching for Civil Rights became iconic following its publication.

As the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act approaches, Midday features the story of James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, as Meredith led a “March Against Fear” to promote black voter registration, he was wounded by a gunman, a moment captured in an iconic photograph. What followed was one of the central dramas of the civil rights era.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 14, 12-1 p.m.
9:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Exporting America

Popular American TV shows like Baywatch continue to impact America's image abroad.

Midday contributor Sheri Parks engages culture critic Martha Bayles on American entertainment's influence on world opinion. Bayles argues that by allowing our chief cultural exports -- violent movies, reality TV, vulgar music -- to serve as the nation's de facto ambassadors, the world gets a distorted view of American values. The US no longer shares the best of itself, she says, and there are consequences to that.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 11, 1-2 p.m.
9:52 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Midday on Film

Critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed join us to discuss the life and career of one of Hollywood’s original “it girls,” Barbara Stanwyck. We’ll also be joined by Stanwyck biographer Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940." Original air date 4/4/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. June 11, 12-1 p.m.
9:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Pixar President Ed Catmull

The computer scientist and Disney and Pixar Animations president talks about the history of the company he co-founded and the future of cinematic art. Original air date 6/10/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 10, 1-2 p.m.
9:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Alex's Wake

Martin Goldsmith retraces the steps of his grandfather and uncle from their native Germany to their fateful trip aboard a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to escape Hitler's onslaught. Goldsmith is well known to NPR listeners as the host for many years of the classical music program Performance Today. He is now host of Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall. Original air date 4/28/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 10, 12-1 p.m
9:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Raising Children Godless

We take a look at the unique challenges that parents face when trying to raise ethical and moral children in a non-religious household. Our guests: Deborah Mitchell, a North Texas mother of two, whose first book, "Growing Up Godless: A Parenting Guide to Raising Kids Without Religion," talks about what it's like raising children as an atheist, and Dale McGowan, a writer and atheist who was named the 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parenting. Original air date 6/3/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 9, 1-2 p.m.
9:32 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Farm Dies Once a Year

At 31, and unsure of what to do with his career, Arlo Crawford moved back to his childhood home on a vegetable farm in rural Pennsylvania. In "A Farm Dies Once a Year," Crawford beautifully chronicles the story of his family's farm, its many ups and downs, and his complicated relationship with farm life. Original air date 5/8/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 9, 12-1 p.m.
9:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Inside the Teenage Brain

Psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel talks about the teenage brain, how it develops, how it works -- and how parents and their children can make the most of an important period of growth, change and experimentation. Siegel is the best-selling author of "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain." Original air date 5/28/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 8, 1-2 p.m.
1:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Overwhelmed

Brigid Schulte, a mother of two and reporter at The Washington Post, talks about time management and juggling life's competing agendas. Original air date 6/26/14

Production help from Midday intern Brian Gilbert

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 8, 12-1 p.m.
1:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Redeployment

In a collection of short stories, Dartmouth College graduate and Iraq War veteran Phil Klay describes the tedium, bloodshed and chaos experienced by Marines during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Original air date 6/10/14

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